by Dan Mahoney | Oct 2, 2013 | same-sex couples, LGBT parents, lesbian parents, child custody, parental rights, parentage, same-sex parents, school, adoption, Federal policy, Youth, Federal Legislation
This publication provides an overview of the legal rights of LGBTQ parents and their children in the United States. Download PDF
by Erik Olvera | Oct 1, 2013 | same-sex couples, LGBT parents, lesbian parents, parental rights, lgbt undocumented immigrant, marriage equality, parentage, same-sex parents, adoption, Youth
This publication provides guidelines for families and attorneys for protecting parent-child relationships and obtaining legal recognition of family ties. Download PDF
by Bethany Woolman | Feb 22, 2013 | LGBT parents, lesbian parents, parental rights, parentage, adoption, child custody
(San Francisco, CA, February 22, 2013)—Today, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that when a same-sex couple has a child together, both parents can be fully recognized as parents under Kansas state law. The court explained that Kansas parentage laws apply equally to women and non-biological parents, and that courts must consider the reality of who a child’s parents are in order to protect the interests of children. The court also ruled that an agreement to co-parent and share custody can be...
by Bethany Woolman | Aug 28, 2012 | lesbian parents, parentage, fertility, Assisted reproduction, pregnancy, sperm donor
(San Francisco, CA, August 28, 2012)—The California State Senate today voted 26 to 10 to approve a bill that would ensure that women in same-sex relationships and single women can access fertility services on the same terms as women in different-sex relationships. Assembly Bill 2356, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and co-sponsored by Equality California (EQCA) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), would allow women using known donors to access certain fertility...
by Dan Mahoney | Jun 1, 2012 | Gay, Parents, court discrimination, LGBT parents, non-adoptive mother, lesbian parents, parental relationship, child custody, legal parents, parental rights, non-bio mom, gay adoption
Bani Chatterjee and her partner, Taya King, were in a committed, long-term relationship and decided to raise a child together through international adoption. Because they could not adopt jointly due to discrimination against same-sex couples, only Taya legally adopted their child from abroad. Although Bani did not adopt their daughter, Taya and Bani co-parented their daughter, and Bani supported the family financially. Bani and Taya eventually ended their relationship after they had lived...
by Erik Olvera | Jun 1, 2012 | LGBT parents, lesbian parents, parental rights, adoption, child custody
(San Francisco, CA, June 1, 2012)—Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court issued a decision recognizing important new protections for non-biological mothers who are raising children with a same-sex partner. The Court held that a woman who raises a child with another woman and assumes parental and financial responsibility for the child can be a legal parent under New Mexico law, just as a male parent would be, regardless of whether she is a biological parent. National Center for Lesbian Rights...